Sunday, October 6, 2013

More Apples!

We continued apples this week. 

We finished up our apple stamping books and did an early reader apple book. We read it, colored it, and the read it again with clues. 

We made an apple core project to practice cutting, then we picked a leaf that had a number on it.  We then knew how many seeds needed to go into our apple core.  They are decorating the hall and they great!

We have been watching a lot of videos about apples still. We have seen the different kinds of apples, what you can make with apples and more!

We also had the opportunity to make applesauce as a class. Students helped peel apples, and the put the cut up slices in making sure only the flesh got in-no seeds or core.  It cooked for one whole school day and then the next school day it was ready!  It smelled so good!  We got to taste it and use our 5 senses with it as well.  We also did a poll of like it or not like the applesauce.  Everyone liked it!

We also got the opportunity to practice graphing apples by color by using the Mimio board (like a SMART board).  Students pulled an apple out of the wagon or basket and put it in the correct tower. We then evaluated which one had most, least, middle or were tied. They did great!

The letter of the week was Cc. We learned the sign language for a letter, the literacy link sound symbols, the letter sound, and looking at and writing it in both capital letters and lower case letters.  Click here to view the many ways we learn the letter of the week!  

Each week we watch letter videos from "Have Fun Teaching" and the students are really picking up the names of letters, formations, and the sounds of letters.  Check out these videos with you child!  Click HERE.

The Tuesday project of letter of the week is to decorate a letter with something that starts with the letter. This week we decorated the letter C with Cotton Clouds (cotton balls).  On Thursday, our letter of the week project was to read a page from our alphabet book, C is for cat.

Please visit the whole website (4k, drop down menu, Gallery) to see your child's first day photo as well as photos from through out the week.  If you would like the first day photo, please email me and I can send you the digital copy.

As mentioned for the past few weeks, we would like to have a family and friends board in our room.  That way the space is as much of the students' as it is of mine (I have my family photos, they should too!)  Please send a family photo that can stay up in the classroom all year long.  When photos come in, the students will take some time to tell the rest of their class about their family.  Can't wait to see the photos and hear about the families!

PALS will be begin on October 14.  See the information below about PALS.

FIRE SAFETY WEEK.  We will be having a fire drill on Wednesday October 9 at 10am. We will also have a visit from the fire fighters to learn about safety and if there is a fire run to the firemen, not away.  We will be talking about emergencies, fires, and 911.
Important Notes:

  • Folders. Please be checking your child's daily folder each night.  We put notes on the notebook pages in their folders as well as any notes we may have for you.  Artwork is also sent home this way. As we start letter of the week, we will also start sending home homework to help reinforce the letter concept and identification.  Please work on this with you child to help the students make the connection between home and school. 
  • Also, Please check the student's Wednesday Folders.  Please try to take info out and return the folder and any forms/info/payments in those folders a day or two after receiving. 
  • Literacy Bags come home every three weeks.  Students will have a week to complete the project inside and can then return the bag with completed sheets in it on TUESDAYS.
  • Library Books come every week.  We go to library on Monday and student have the opportunity to check out a book and keep it for a week. It can be kept in their back packs or at home, but please remember to bring it on Mondays. 
  • Dress for the weather.  Please send your child dressed for the weather as we go outside as long as it is not raining or below 0*
  • Book Order due October 25th (paper fliers came out, online available in the scholastic tab of the website:
  • Send in those family photos!
Next Week:
Theme: Fire Safety
Letter of the Week: Oo
Snack: Sprangers Family

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